A comment period related to grades for fresh okra is set to close May 31.
The Agriculture Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is systematically revising commodity standards, according to a notice in the Federal Register, and the “unclassified” section for all commodities is being removed.
In February 2012, AMS issued a call for public comments on the update to the okra standards. It did not receive any comments, according to the Federal Register notice.
The “unclassified” designation is part of the U.S. Standards for Grades of commodities that were last revised in 1928, according to the notice.
The unclassified section isn’t needed any longer because it is not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been applied to a lot, according to the Federal Register.
To file comments, visit www.regulations.gov or write to: Standardization Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, National Training and Development Center, Riverside Business Park, 100 Riverside Parkway. Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406.
Comments can also be faxed to 540-361-1199. All comments must include docket number AMS-FV-11-0054.